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[vat-i-kuh-niz-uh m]
noun Usually Disparaging.
  1. the doctrine of the absolute supremacy of the pope.
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Origin of Vaticanism

First recorded in 1870–75; Vatican + -ism
Related formsVat·i·can·ist, noun
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Historical Examples of vaticanism

  • He strongly opposed the papal-infallibility movement, and took the side of Mr. Gladstone in his attacks on Vaticanism.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1


British Dictionary definitions for vaticanism


  1. often derogatory the authority and policies of the Pope and the papal curia, esp with regard to papal infallibility
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